Monday, July 15, 2013

Ohio St. legend Archie Griffin discusses the state of the Rose Bowl.

Archie Griffin with the Heisman Trophy. Photo via Eleven Warriors.

Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors sat down recently with legendary Ohio State two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin about his time in Columbus. Among the topics discussed. Griffin was asked about the difference between playing in the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl (Griffin was a member of the 1981 Cincinnati Bengals team that lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI), and the Rose Bowl's current place in the college football landscape.

"11W: You were the first player to start in four Rose Bowls. You also played in the Super Bowl. Which is better?
AG: It’s no comparison. The Super Bowl is the only game in town. No other games are going on. It takes you two weeks to even get ready for the Super Bowl. The media is unbelievable. I love the Rose Bowl, and it’s the granddaddy of ‘em all, but there are other bowl games going on that day. What made the Rose Bowl special was you were the only team from the Big Ten who made a bowl. That made it really, really special. To say we did that four times in a row made it ultra special. 

11W: Does it sadden you to see the stature of the Rose Bowl lessened in recent years?1
AG: I’ll never look at the Rose Bowl as lessened. To me, it’ll always been the granddaddy of ‘em all and a very special bowl game. Even in this position [President of the Alumni Association], when I look at our travel parties, when you go to Rose Bowls that’s when you take your biggest group. The Rose Bowl is still extremely special. but I know with the BCS and playoff, people will doubt that."

Griffin is currently president and CEO of the Ohio St. University Alumni Association.

(via Eleven Warriors)

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